U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Pets > Dogs
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
Old 11-19-2011, 09:39 AM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
36,479 posts, read 43,619,078 times
Reputation: 47225


Lucy the 10 year old Bichon has a terrible hot pink mess around her nether regions. I thought it was food allergy but vet says not necessarily so. Anyway she must take several different pills for at least 2-3 weeks. I can't get her to swallow with the blow-in-her-face method so have been putting them in cheap hotdogs.

She manages to eat the hotdog and then spit out the pills.
What am I doing wrong? I don't want to use good cheese and already she is begging in the kitchen cause she knows I will now give her people food (hotdogs).


BTW vet says dogs can be perfectly happy on same food for months or even years and then wham-ooooo- here comes an allergy. She said most food allergies manifest in tummy problems, not skin issues and that one flea bite can cause a world of trouble with Bichons. I was only a few days late in her flea treatment so this must be what caused the hot pink mess.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Old 11-19-2011, 09:51 AM
Location: San Antonio, TX
11,147 posts, read 20,343,572 times
Reputation: 26387
You could use a pet piller: http://www.amazon.com/Pet-Piller/dp/B0002AL6U6

I've done the same thing with my fingers, wet the tip of my finger just enough that the pill sticks and then poke it into the dog's mouth until it's at the back of her tongue, too far to spit out. But that only works with a dog that's not going to bite you, and the piller is a better option. I've seen them at Petsmart.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-19-2011, 10:05 AM
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
16,651 posts, read 26,650,905 times
Reputation: 26597
Have you tried hiding it in a finger full of peanut butter?

If that doesn't work, try Pill Pockets. They're pricey but they'll likely do the trick if the PB doesn't work.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-19-2011, 10:56 AM
1,325 posts, read 2,832,769 times
Reputation: 1975
I have used cream cheese, butter, peanut butter apple sauce, yogurt , even cake frosting in a pinch. I never had much luck hiding in a food they normal chew but tried to get something to coat the pill before they got the bad pill taste.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-19-2011, 11:10 AM
Location: In a cat house! ;)
1,683 posts, read 4,431,131 times
Reputation: 2098
Open her mouth, put pill to the back. Hold her mouth closed for a nano SECOND. She'll swallow.

Food allergies do often show up as skin issues. The first thing I would do is change her food to something with no grains.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-19-2011, 12:18 PM
Location: Canada
5,679 posts, read 6,512,847 times
Reputation: 8158
I agree with Lola4. I have one dog who will swallow pills tucked in Pill Pockets or smeared with a bit of butter, and she's a beagle, and they'll eat anything.

But my other dogs will suck or eat off the good stuff and spit out the pill. I always tuck my finger into the corner of their mouth, pop the pill far back in their throat, hold their heads slightly elevated, with my hand wrapped around their muzzle. Stroke their throat until you know they've swallowed.

My dogs have become very good at it - they don't try to pull away at all because they are promised a treat after. I give them something like a Milk Bone right after they've swallowed the pill, so it doesn't seem bad to them anymore.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-19-2011, 12:25 PM
Location: North Western NJ
6,591 posts, read 20,731,988 times
Reputation: 9581
actually my experience with food allergies is the MOST COMMON symptom is skin issues, redness flaing itchyness, typically the feet and groin/butt are first effected.

what food is she on?

in terms of pills find out if you can crush them...if so cruch em up put em in a little no salt peanut butter and tada, ive found whole pills and small dogs are difficult...if youve got a "seperator" NOTHING will work with a whole pill, pill pocket chese peanut butter, they will find it and spit it out...
i cruch ANYTHING that can be crushed with the little ones and mush it into a tiny bit of peanut butter (about the size of a large pea) the peanut butter sticks to the roof of the mouth keeping all the bits in the mouth to be eaten.

The other option is as the others described and how most vets pill...
you open the mouth, stick the pill as absolutly far back into the thorat as you can without choking the dog then holding the muzzle gently closed and lifting it skywards (straigtehn the neck) and then with the other hand gently rub in a downward motion youll see and feel the dog swallow and often start to lick its lips.

im always cautious about suggesting this method though unless youve seen a vet doing it, especially in small dogs.

i always choose crushing as a frist choice if its ok to do so!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-19-2011, 12:28 PM
Location: in here, out there
3,064 posts, read 5,576,463 times
Reputation: 5109
Try putting salt on top of the butter or peanut butter. The salt causes salivation and triggers the swallow reflex. Plus, she'll love it.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-19-2011, 03:28 PM
Location: North Western NJ
6,591 posts, read 20,731,988 times
Reputation: 9581
dogs should not be given extra salt even in small amounts theres enough salt in peanut butter naturally, you dont need to be adding salt...bad for the kidneys liver and heart!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-19-2011, 03:53 PM
4,128 posts, read 13,275,552 times
Reputation: 3766
A tad of liverwurst works well too, would give her a small piece w/o the pill, then a small piece w/ the pill and then a small piece w/o the pill, to finish it off. Ours is fine w/ just the one piece of liverwurst though (very small piece as she's a small dog).
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Pets > Dogs
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top